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Christmas card winner Connor smallA competition to design a Christmas e-card for Airedale hospital that was sent to all 2500 staff was won by eight-year-old Connor Slater.
Connor’s design of Father Christmas flying over the rooftops was selected by Brendan Brown, chief executive of Airedale Hospital. (Connor and Brendan are pictured above)
Also over the festive period, children from Cononley Primary school bought and wrapped Christmas gifts to give to patients in hospital. Friends of Cononley School parent teacher association asked pupils to buy presents for patients who are in hospital over the Christmas period. Dozens of gifts were bought, wrapped and delivered to patients on the hospital’s intermediate care ward.
A bumper donation of gifts was delivered by local running group Trail Snails. The Bingley based group collected gifts to give to patients, instead of secret Santa gifts for each other. Four sacks of gifts were delivered and distributed to adults on ward 9 and children staying on the children’s ward.
“Everyone was so generous” says Sam Swift of the Trail Snails. “We were able to collect so many gifts, and it was really lovely to be able to give them out at hospital. I’m really glad we did it!”
Handmade Christmas cards were made and delivered by children from St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School in Skipton. Each card was coloured in and signed by a different child, and the cards were then distributed to inpatients on the wards.
Sophie Duncan from the school said “For the second year in a row me and my class have created Christmas cards with the whole school to distribute to people who are in Airedale.
“This is something the children really enjoy doing and I hope the patients enjoyed receiving them as much as they did last year and it spread a little Christmas cheer!”
Airedale staff received a ‘gift’ for each of the 12 days of Christmas. This included discounts and vouchers for local shops and restaurants as well as a Christmas dinner on site., made possible by Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Jetts Fitness, Nuffield Health, Pickles Pubs, Embsay Railway, Rendezvous hotel, Bronte Parsonage museum and Keelham Farm Shop who contributed.
Nick Parker, director of HR and workforce said: “These gifts have been well received by colleagues. It’s important that we take the time to say thank you to our people for all their hard work and commitment as they continue to provide high quality care for patients and the local population. We’re very grateful to local businesses who have supported us to spread Christmas cheer!”

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